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Author Berco, Cristian, author

Title From body to community : venereal disease and society in Baroque Spain / Cristian Berco
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource
Series Toronto Iberic
Toronto Iberic.
Contents Getting sick: signs, sin, and social worth -- Encounters of the third kind: medical assumptions and patients -- Melting pot: the Hospital de Santiago's patients -- Safeguarding reputation: gender, hospitalization, and textiles -- Between body and soul: treatment at the Hospital de Santiago -- Getting hitched: pox, sexuality and marriage -- Making ends meet: disease, work, and family -- Playing nice with others: pox and community
Summary "Known in early modern Europe by many names--the French Disease, the Bubas, and, eventually, syphilis--the Great Pox was a chronic disease that carried the stigma of sexuality and produced a slow and painful death. The main institution which treated it, the pox hospital, has come down to us as a stench-filled and overcrowded place that sought to treat the body and reform the soul. Using the sole surviving admissions book for Toledo, Spain's Hospital de Santiago, Cristian Berco reconstructs the lives of men and women afflicted with the pox by tracing their experiences before, during, and after their hospitalization. Through an innovative combination of medical, institutional, and notarial sources, he explores the physical and social lives of the patients. What were the social repercussions of living with a shameful disease? What did living with this chronic illness mean for careers and networks, love and families, and everyday relationships? From Body to Community is a textured analysis at once touched by the illness but not solely defined by it."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes ebrary purchase 20160510 nsh UPB
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Subject Hospital de Santiago (Toledo, Spain) -- History.
Hospital de Santiago (Toledo, Spain)
Diseases -- Social aspects -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Hospitals -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Patients -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Treatment -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice.
History, 17th Century.
Hospitals -- history.
Socioeconomic Factors -- history.
Syphilis -- history.
Syphilis -- therapy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442620684 (electronic bk)
9781442620681 (electronic bk)